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Make the most of your small outside space

Outdoor spaces come in many shapes and sizes but a small space doesn’t have to rain on your summer parade. The right furniture, textures, colours and lighting can make any small space come to life. If you're umming and ahhing about what to do - here's our top tips for making the most of any small or compact outdoor space.

Planting

For the Urban Gardener


The trick to getting the most out of any urban garden is to think about how the space will be used. Playing with the kids, entertaining friends or just having downtime; cater your taste to providing functional (and fun) solutions that help you achieve your goal.

1. For starters you’ll need to think about the overall size and how often it’s going to be used. Foldaway furniture is a great versatile option as it allows you to pack it away and keep you garden space free for other use.

2. Fancy growing your own but worried about space? Think again. Compact greenhouses, hanging baskets and even windowsills can be used to grow your own herbs and vegetables. Stacked apple crates and other wooden boxes make great decorative (and practical) upcycled solutions too.

3. Create night-time atmosphere with carefully placed lighting. Outdoor candles and solar powered lanterns let you enjoy that hazy festival feel without the hassle of any electrical leads (or being knee deep in mud).

4. Be bold with colour. Paint and textiles offer plenty of options to add vibrant life to any small space. Keep on trend with painted furniture in tropical colours or opt for a super luxe look with matt black wood against vivid green walls.

Balcony

Balconies & Patios


If you want to transform your tired patio or balcony into a mini oasis, here's a few with some clever thought out ideas:

1. Time to measure up: it sounds simple, but make sure to measure your space. Don't rely on guesswork - returning oversized furniture is never fun. When making your choice remember you want the space to feel comfortable, while also being able to move around.

2. Soften the space: textiles aren’t just for indoors, there’s lots of options to include them outdoor too. From cushions and throws to rugs and pouffes – be bold with colour to add depth and warmth to any space.

3. Vertical planting: tight on planting space? You can have more than just one balcony box. Use the walls and railings of balconies to create vertical planting pots and boxes. Practical and stylish.

4. Pot luck: adding pots and plants to your balcony will add colour and can be used to hide features you don’t like. If you need your plants to be low maintenance, choose hardy, colourful flowers that don't need much attention. Have a look at a few flower ideas here.

5. Couples retreat: create an intimate setting for you a loved one by adding candles and lanterns to your balcony. Add a little warmth to summer evenings with scattered cushions and throws to create your very own couple’s retreat.

Have you got any great garden ideas? Tell us in the comment box below.

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